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Double donations boost blood supplies, NGOs

KFC Brunei recently hosted a double donation campaign, coinciding with the worldwide 12.12 sale, where contributions were made to selected non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and a blood donation drive in partnership with Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC).

As part of the brand’s commitment to supporting local communities and fostering goodwill, KFC Brunei donated BND5,000 each to six NGOs.

The presentation of donations was held yesterday at the KFC Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex and was handed over to representatives from La Vida Berhad, Centre for Children with Special Needs (KACA), Learning Ladders Society, Brunei Council on Social Welfare, Bina Ukhwah and National Association for the Hearing-Impaired.

“We are thrilled to have combined the power of charitable donations with a blood donation drive, creating a meaningful, multi-faceted impact on our community,” said KFC Brunei general manager Siti Hamizah binti Hassan.

Blood donor Nur Syafiqah binti Haji Abdul Wahid, an administrative staff at Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah School, learned about the drive from her BloodKad app.

ABOVE & BELOW: Non-governmental organisation representatives in a group photo; and photos showing representatives receiving the donations. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD
ABOVE & BELOW: Haji Mohd Syazwan bin Haji Hasif; and Nur Syafiqah binti Haji Abdul Wahid. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD

Alhamdulillah, I am still able to donate blood and save lives. This is my fourth time since 2017, and second time this year, after my last one at our school in August,” she said.

She also advised donors to “make sure you have eaten enough before you donate blood. I have learnt my lesson, from not eating and blacking out not long after the donation. I make sure I get a hearty breakfast before a blood donation now,” she added.

Meanwhile, Royal Brunei Police Force personnel Haji Mohd Syazwan bin Haji Hasif said he first donated blood when he was a recruit.

“I was a bit nervous when I did it the first time because I was afraid of needles,” he said.

“I’m calm now because I know more about the procedure which is painless,” said Haji Mohd Syazwan.

“I came over as soon as I saw the Ministry of Health’s call for the public to donate blood to replenish the supplies at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital. Donating blood, for me, has many health benefits and it is something Islam encourages us to do, to save lives and gain rewards from Allah the Almighty,” he added. – Lyna Mohamad